Wednesday, August 18, 2010

US Military Logistics Contract 'On Track'

Switch from Agility to Anham Proceeding Smoothly
Shipping News Feature

US - IRAQ – DUBAI – KUWAIT – In response to our latest story about the withdrawal of the US defence force contract from Kuwaiti group Agility in the light of accusations of impropriety against the logistics company, their replacements, Anham LLC from Dubai spoke to the Handy Shipping Guide to clarify the position following a meeting with Defense Logistics Agency Director Navy Vice Admiral Alan Thompson, who met with Anham senior management last week.

Anham tell us the original transition date was in fact the 16th November, not as reported 4th December, and on that date Anham will assume full responsibility as subsistence prime vendor in Iraq and Kuwait. The company is confident all military bases will be fully transitioned on or before this date.

Anham say the transition is fully on track and on time. A transition schedule was detailed in a contract modification on the 11th June. This modification is the implementing document for the six-month transition period specified in the original contract award. It breaks down the six month transition on a base by base basis, showing the final base to be transitioned on November 16, 2010.

According to the new contractors, Agility are scaling down their freight operations as Anham develop their own supply chain operation. The lengthy switch over period is of course essential as continuity is the key to any such logistics contract but more so when the contractor is responsible for being the supplier and distributor for all essential perishable and semi-perishable food items. Anham acknowledge that this is a massive logistical undertaking, even for them, and one which requires careful attention to detail to ensure a seamless transition.